Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press journalist Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last week’s chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.
“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families….many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,” writes Gavlak.
Rebels told Gavlak that they were not properly trained on how to handle the chemical weapons or even told what they were. It appears as though the weapons were initially supposed to be given to the Al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra...
where it was apparently co-written by a relatively unknown journalist on the ground in Syria, and a slightly better-known AP reporter in the US. As you read further down the article it accuses the Saudi and Russian Govt of some pretty outlandish stuff.
That looks like either a rehash or direct copy of the mintexpress story.
That came out suggesting initially it was an AP news agency story.
When challenged they backtracked and said that the reporter who on occassion has filed for AP submitted the story from outside the country. The actual reporting was done by another person whose name I can't recall.
The initial story has been altered now - it's referenced on another thread.